Sunday, November 22, 2009

Walking Meditation

Author Robert Mason, in his memoir, Chickenhawk: Back In the World, wrote:
There's an ancient idea that when a man travels, he doesn't go anywhere. Instead, he performs a series of actions that, if done in the proper sequence, will bring his destination to him.
Yesterday I led a retreat, and we employed this idea during walking meditation. Afterward, one of the retreatants said that, by adopting this perspective, she could feel herself arriving in each moment more fully, and she could also feel that each moment was arriving in her.

Go for a walk today, and imagine that you are actually standing still; that it is the world that is moving beneath your feet. Watch as the trees and houses pass you by, and see how the things you once thought you were walking toward, magically come to you.


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